By Juan E. Romero
Designer Collections Embrace The Athletic Trend
Sports have always been a major player in men's fashion but for Spring designers upped the ante and embraced the athletic trend in their collections. Traditional sport elements are combined with varsity and collegiate detailing to elevate garments into a hybrid mix of activewear and sportswear. In menswear, the inspiration seems to comes from surf, skate and urban styling giving collections a decidedly edgy look.
Key Athletic Trend Items
Designers took key items like hoodies and baseball jerseys and updated them by using performance fabrics and bright colors. Some of my favorite recent men's collections that highlighted this trend were those of Astrid Andersen, KTZ and Shaun Samson. Donatella Versace highlighted neon colored kinesio tape as a design element for her men's runway collection.
A Football Inspired Look From Astrid Anderson
Other key features include the use of oversized numbers as highlighted in Salvatore Ferragamo's collection and mixing in athletic stripes and flat knit or rib trim. In the past the athletic trend was usually interpreted with oversized proportions. Today, almost every garment is body-hugging, to show off chiseled gym physiques and to stress the blending of true performance styling and functionality with casual sportswear.
I especially like when unexpected elements like floral prints or stripes are combined with a traditional athletic silhouette to produce a active-sportswear hybrid. Other new design options include tie-dye and photo-real prints and sheer fabrications like mesh combined with metallic materials to give a sleek, futuristic, almost space-suit look.
Hood By Air Spring Collection
Athletic Trend Fabrics And Styling
Another important styling trend is color and fabric blocking. This is a natural extension of the athletic look and provides countless opportunities for designers and customers alike to play with bold, new color combinations. There is no shortage of traditional athletic team and varsity colors to choose from but the newest designs merge surprising color and fabric mixes to push this look forward. This trend looks to keep going strong through the Fall season as there were many athletic looks shown in recent Fall runway shows. Neoprene fabrications are another important design element and many designers experimented with this performance fabric by mixing it into their collections in key items like sweatshirts and jackets.
To see some great interpretations of this sporty look, visit my Pinterest board, Athletically Inspired. There you can check out how guys will be wearing the athletic trend this year. Do you plan on including some athletic pieces as part of your wardrobe this season? Juan E. Romero is the Owner and Creative Director of 65MCMLXV. He has more than twenty years of Fashion and Design Trend experience. You can find him on Google+ and Twitter.